Do health programmes within the New Zealand food industry influence the work environment for employees?

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dc.contributor.author Roy, Rajshri en
dc.contributor.author Styles, TW en
dc.contributor.author Braakhuis, Andrea en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-01T21:07:39Z en
dc.date.issued 2019-08-22 en
dc.identifier.issn 0957-4824 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48306 en
dc.description.abstract Workplace wellness programmes have increased over the past years, but as yet has not been investigated in food and grocery organizations in New Zealand (NZ). The study aim was to explore the commitment of NZ Food and Grocery Council (FGC) companies in altering the workplace environment for employee health and the efficacy of the current wellness policies. Using a mixed-methods approach, FGC companies (n = 22) completed a workplace environment audit (WEA) survey. Three focus groups were held, consisting of employees (n = 20) from four of the FGC companies that completed the WEA survey. Two sets of data were then compared via methodological triangulation. The mean WEA score was 46% (p = 0.00), indicating an ‘average’ commitment by the FGC to health-promotion in their own workplaces. Significantly more initiatives related to improving nutrition were offered (p = 0.00) and larger food companies scored higher than smaller companies (p = 0.063). During the focus groups, employees revealed they felt workplace wellness programmes increased productivity, improved their physical health, allowed work–life balance, promoted social interaction and provided health-related education. Barriers to participating in wellness activities were identified as lack of time, working in a blue-collar position and working externally to the main office. The results of this study have large implications for companies and employers in NZ for future planning, implementation and monitoring of health initiatives in the workplace. en
dc.publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Health Promotion International en
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dc.title Do health programmes within the New Zealand food industry influence the work environment for employees? en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1093/heapro/daz079 en
pubs.begin-page 1 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.author-url https://academic.oup.com/heapro/advance-article/doi/10.1093/heapro/daz079/5553734?guestAccessKey=4946e854-d82e-41b1-b0ca-e7df6fc9ef40 en
pubs.end-page 15 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 779541 en
pubs.org-id Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.org-id Medical Sciences en
pubs.org-id Nutrition en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2019-08-27 en
pubs.online-publication-date 2019-08-22 en


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